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February 20, 2018

Do the Darkest Cushion Shades by Innisfree Live Up to the Hype? A Review

Contributing editor Sheryll Donerson couldn’t wait to try a cushion — for the first time — when Innisfree came out with 14 new shades of their Matte Full Cover Cushion Compact. But would the darkest cushion shades by Innisfree live up to the hype? What you need to know if you’re considering trying them out.



I’ve only had one tweet in my entire Twitter life (nearly nine years now) go viral, and it was my tweet about Innisfree’s announcement to expand the shade ranges of its cushion compacts and concealers. Girl, the whole world was SHOOK.


As well they should have been. Korean skincare might work for all skin types and tones, but Korean makeup has always been lacking in the shade department, diversity-wise. Most cushions, BB creams, foundations, and face makeup come in a maximum of three to four shades, but usually two. This is the reason why I’ve never tried a BB cream or a cushion. SAD TIMES. Innisfree picked up some of the slack by expanding their cushion shade range to 14 different shades, but do they live up to the hype? Let’s talk about it.


darkest cushion shades by Innisfree


I finally got my hands on the darkest five shades of the Matte Full Cover Cushion: Chestnut, Golden Caramel, Golden Cinnamon, Golden Tan, and Chocolate. Here’s the breakdown:


Chestnut: “medium to tan skin with warm undertones”


Golden Caramel: “tan skin with warm undertones”


Golden Cinnamon: “tan to dark skin with warm undertones”


Golden Tan: “dark skin with warm undertones”


Chocolate: “deep skin with cool undertones”


Right off the bat, we can see that there isn’t much variety in the deeper tones for cool or neutral undertones. And out of the darker shades, only two of them are truly meant for dark skin: Golden Tan and Chocolate. The shades and product colors listed on the website aren’t entirely accurate — they look MUCH darker on the site than they really are. For reference, I consider myself medium dark with gold/warm undertones and I wear either Seychelles (medium dark with golden undertones) or Martinique (medium dark with warm red undertones) in NARS, depending on the season, or #340 Cappuccino in the Maybelline Fit Me foundation.


darkest cushion shades by Innisfree
The two darkest shades on Sheryll’s face: one clearly too dark, one clearly too light.


Unfortunately, I found that none of the Innisfree cushion foundations were a good shade match for me. They were all too light, even the Golden Tan shade, while Chocolate was too dark.


darkest cushion shades by Innisfree
The two darkest shades of Innisfree cushion combined: not bad!


However, if I mix Chocolate and Golden Tan together, it does seem to be a relatively good match for me. It does apply very smoothly and definitely leans more full coverage. I would definitely purchase it if they had a more suitable shade for me. At $12 a pop, the cushions are super affordable and are definitely an option for women whose skin tones are a bit lighter than mine.


I do hope Innisfree continues to improve and expand their shade ranges (and I also hope other brands get it together and expand as well). It is a great product, despite the still limited shade range. Until then, my search for a cushion compact continues!


Have you had a chance to try the darkest cushion shades by Innisfree? If so, what did you think? And what shade do you think you are? Let’s dish!


Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.



I'm glad that there are major companies trying to make deeper shades in their cosmetic products. I've been super fortunate that most Korean cosmetics have at least a workable shade for me (I still end up looking suuuper pink some times) but KBeauty is definitely expanding far outside of Korea at this point. Companies need to pay attention to that; even if it was a bit of a miss here I hope this is indicative of what's to come.

Same! I think that they went in the right direction with the expansion. We just need more options now!

Hopefully they continue to diversify undertones as well like they have been for the last year or two. I couldn't really wear any Korean bases for a while because of how pink/grey everything was. Bless the yellow undertones lol

I've always had the opposite problem with European cosmetics, as a woman with a very light neutral skin the best shades have always been found in Korean cosmetics. But I am glad they finally think of woman with darket skin because they seemed a tiny little bit obsessed with light skins ;)

I think it shows how varied and vast skin tones are throughout the world, no matter where you're from! I'm of Korean descent and most Korean makeup base shades are too light for me! I have to mix them with my Western makeup bases. 😂